What's the Background?
NPPC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to finalize and implement the market opening.
Why Does it Matter to our Producers?
The United States over the past 11 years, on average, has been the No. 1 pork exporting country in the world; it is the globe’s lowest cost producer of pork. In any given year, the U.S. pork industry ships product to more than 110 countries. Exports add significantly to the bottom line of all U.S. pork producers, adding $53 to the value of each hog marketed in 2017, when $6.48 billion of U.S. pork was exported. Argentina, which has a de facto ban on U.S. pork, has a population of more than 43 million people and a per capita income of $12,449 – higher than Mexico’s – making it the third largest nation in Latin American and an attractive market for U.S. pork. Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes notes that fresh pork consumption in the country has increased from 1 kg per capita (2.2 lb) in 2005 to 10-12 kg (22-26 lb) today. The Argentine pork industry estimates that by 2020 consumption will increase to 16-20 kg (35-44 lb).
What is NPPC's Position?
Argentina has a de facto ban on U.S. pork. NPPC worked hard in recent years to end the ban. In August 2017, those efforts were rewarded as the Trump administration announced that the Argentine government agreed to open its market to U.S. pork. In early October, Argentina concluded an audit of the U.S. meat inspection system as one of the last steps before the market formally opens and pork shipments commence.